Step 5: Making the Mask (Part 3 - Painting)

I started with the smaller of the ink blot designs.  I tried to center it onto the face area to the best of my ability.  Then I painted both halves with plain black fabric paint.  I waited for the paint to dry overnight to make sure I didn't mess up the ink blot design.

For the second ink blot design, I chose one that had a similar shape to the first, but was larger and could contain the first design inside of itself.  Then I put the stencil in place.  This time I only painted the areas where the white of mask material was exposed.  This was because the first design would always be black, so there was no sense in wasting the color changing paint.  I painted both sides of the second design and left it to dry for a while.

Unfortunately, the layer of color changing paint was a little thin, so it looked gray instead of black when it dried.  So I put another thin coat on top of it and let that dry.  After that I just had to touch up a few small portions of the design that still looked a little gray.  I accidentally touched up one side a little too much, so I had to even the design out to maintain symmetry.  It ended up being a big blob when I was finished instead of the design I planned ...
This is really cool! I will definently use this in reference for my costume, however my only complaint is this appears to be based on the movie not the book. In the book he wears purple pinstripe pants, black gloves, and a brown fedora with a slightly darker ribbon. But over all great job, very cool and very well put together!
oh wow such relief, the thermochromic pigment i sell on eBay has that stupid pink tinge as well as the ridiculously expensive pigment from paintwithpearls. <br> <br>still, pretty good job. <br>Instead of reading the entire comic, i advise going to the video store and renting the watchmen motion comic, it goes for 4-8 hours all up, but still, just like watching the movie all over again, only in greater detail being as its the comic with basic motion animation for effect, and being completely voiced, though it also has the speech bubbles and captions just as in the comic, which doesnt make sense to include english subtitles, but they did anyway. <br> <br>I must hurry up with my own animated rorschach mask and costume, even though yours isnt exactly graphically perfect, im still super jealous!
Yeah, I wish it would turn completely white, but the effect definitely works! <br> <br>I look forward to seeing your Rorschach!
This is an amazing Rorschach costume. He's my favorite in the comic. :D
Thanks! He was my favorite character from the movie. I've been meaning to read the comic one of these days.

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